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Medvedeva, Hanyu to open season at Rostelecom

All four reigning world champions slated to compete at NHK Trophy
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World champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva are competing at the same Grand Prix events: the Rostelecom Cup and the NHK Trophy. -Getty Images

Reigning world champions Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will compete at the first event in this fall's Grand Prix Series, the 2017 Rostelecom Cup, the International Skating Union announced Friday.

Medvedeva and Hanyu will also take part in the NHK Trophy, which features the two other 2017 world champions: Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China (pairs) and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada (ice dance).

Medvedeva will face Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy twice: first at the series-opening event in Moscow and then again at the NHK Trophy, where they will be joined by former world silver medalist Satoko Miyahara of Japan. Miyahara will tangle with world bronze medalist Gabrielle Daleman of Canada and 2016 world silver medalist Ashley Wagner at 2017 Skate America, Nov. 24-26 in Lake Placid, New York.

Hanyu will meet U.S. champion Nathen Chen in Moscow. The following week, Patrick Chan will attempt to defend his Skate Canada title against world silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan. Two-time world bronze medalist Boyang Jin of China will make his debut in the 2017 Grand Prix Series at Cup of China, where he will go up against two-time world champion Javier Fernández of Spain. Other featured men's showdowns in the series include: Hanyu vs. Chan at NHK, Uno vs. Fernández at Internationaux de France (Nov. 17-19 in Grenoble) and Jin vs. Chen at Skate America.

Sui and Han will compete at back-to-back Grand Prix events, starting the series at Cup of China, Nov. 3-5 in Beijing. The pairs slate is highlighted by a couple of matchups between world silver medalists Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, the first one coming at Skate Canada and the second at Skate America.

In addition to the NHK Trophy, Virtue and Moir will compete at 2017 Skate Canada, Oct. 27-29 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The world champions from the previous two seasons, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, are scheduled to compete at Cup of China and Internationaux de France.

Neither Adelina Sotnikova nor Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov -- the 2014 Olympic champions in ladies and pairs, respectively -- received assignments. They could fill the "TBD" spots Russia left at the Rostelecom Cup.

Icenetwork will provide live coverage of every event in the 2017 Grand Prix Series, including the Grand Prix Final, to Season Pass subscribers. Information about how to purchase the 2017-18 Season Pass will be made available later this summer.